The Nice Lawn Tennis Club will host the restored Hopman Cup from July 19-23, with six countries fighting for the title on clay. World no. 1 Carlos Alcaraz will represent Spain alongside Rebeka Masarova, returning to action less than a week after conquering his first Wimbledon crown over Novak Djokovic!
Alcaraz feels ready to compete again instead of taking a rest, facing David Goffin and Borna Coric on Friday and Saturday. Carlos claimed his first Major title at the last year's US Open, finishing the season as the youngest year-end no.
1 player. Alcaraz missed the start of the 2023 season and skipped the Australian Open. He returned in February and conquered Buenos Aires before reaching the Rio de Janeiro final. The young gun claimed his second Masters 1000 title in Indian Wells and lost a tight Miami Masters semi-final duel to Jannik Sinner.
Alcaraz skipped Monte Carlo and made a strong return in Barcelona and Madrid, defending the last year's title and battling with Novak Djokovic for the ATP throne in Paris.
Carlos Alcaraz will lead Spain at the restored Hopman Cup in Nice.
Carlos reached the Roland Garros semi-final and cracked under pressure versus Novak, struggling mentally and physically from the third set and taking only two games by the end of the duel.
The Spaniard embraced the grass swing at Queen's and Wimbledon and showed his fast-learning skills! Alcaraz claimed both titles despite playing only his third and fourth ATP tournaments on the fastest surface, remaining world no.
1 ahead of Djokovic and qualifying for the ATP Finals in Turin. Alcaraz met Djokovic in the Wimbledon final and scored a 1-6, 7-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 victory in four hours and 42 minutes, celebrating his second Major title at 20 years and two months!
The Spaniard made a slow start and faced a set point in the second set's tie break that could have sent him two sets to love down. However, Djokovic's backhand let him down in the pivotal moments, and Alcaraz stole the breaker 8-6 with a backhand return winner.
Carlos stormed over Novak in the third set, stealing his serve three times, the same number of breaks the Serb experienced in six matches before the final! The fifth game saw 13 deuces and 32 points, lasting 27 minutes and taking a lot of energy out of Djokovic, who served.
Carlos seized the seventh break point when Novak netted a forehand to earn an enormous boost and steal the veteran's power. The Spaniard closed the set with another break at 5-1 for a massive advantage ahead of set number four.
Novak took an extended break and defended two break points in the second game to end his downfall. The Serb raised his level on the return and clinched breaks in games five and nine, wrapping up the set 6-3 and hoping for more in the decider.
They missed a break point in games one and two, with Djokovic netting a drive-volley in the second game that would cost him dearly. Carlos delivered a break in game three with a backhand down the line winner and moved closer to the finish line.
Alcaraz served for the title at 5-4 and held at 30 after forcing Djokovic's error to lift his second Major trophy at 20.